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It is important to pace yourself so you do not get worn out too early in your climb. This path has an incline of about 41-68% at the greatest point of inclination. If you want to keep up with your progress, then consider counting the steps as you go; there are 2,744 steps in all, therefore, when you have climbed about 1,370 steps you will know you are halfway there. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you so you will stay hydrated, and you may want to consider an energy fueling snack to help keep you going. If you are looking for more to do in Colorado Springs, check out the Manitou Cliff Dwellings and learn some amazing history of the area.
If you are not in top physical condition, then expect to spend at least an hour making this climb. Mentally prepare yourself for the arduous hike, and expect to feel the burn. Do not hold your breath, because it is very important to breathe to provide oxygen for your muscles during this climb. Consider getting a group of friends together if this is your first time climbing the Manitou Incline, and only climb as fast as the slowest hiker. This will help keep the whole group from getting burnt out too soon.
There will come a point very near the end where you think you have made it to the top; however, this is what is considered to be the false summit. It is necessary to push all the way through if you want to make it to the top. Just remember to take breaks when you need them, and you will certainly achieve your goal. After all, mountain climbing is no easy feat.
Once you have made it to the top take a little bit of time to rest and enjoy the view. Do not go back down the same way you came, instead, it is wise to take the Barr Trail. It will take about 30 minutes of walking downhill, but you will be glad you took the trail instead of trying to take all of those stairs back down the mountainside. Make sure you stretch before and after you make the climb to ensure you do not suffer from muscle spasms or cramps. Now you can revel at your achievements, and tell all of your friends and family that you have successfully climbed one of the most challenging hiking trails that Colorado Springs has to offer. After the hike up the incline, feel free to go in for a dental check-up at One Stop Dental.